If you are cheated out of a single dollar by your neighbor, you do not rest satisfied with knowing that you are cheated, or with saying that you are cheated, or even with petitioning him to pay you your due; but you take effectual steps at once to obtain the full amount, and see that you are never cheated again.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.

You boast of spending a tenth part of your income in charity; may be you should spend the nine tenths so, and done with it.

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?

I mean that they (students) should not play life, or study it merely, while the community supports them at this expensive game, but earnestly live it from beginning to end. How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living? Methinks this would exercise their minds as much as mathematics.

Perhaps these pages are more particularly addressed to poor students. As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them. I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.

I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.

Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.

Morning is when I'm awake, and there is dawn in me.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

It's circumstantial evidence, like finding a trout in the milk.

Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows that surround it. We need the tonic of wildness...

Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.

The man I meet with is not often so instructive as the silence he breaks.